Joan Bailsford – Soft Hearted
This is an experimental quilt concept, which seeks to set hard/rough texture against soft/smooth texture.
The top layer is made from lace scraps which are stitched to a backing with heavy machine stitching to give it texture. This is further textured using a expanding medium and acrylic paints. The finished fabric has a rough and hard finish even though it has soft and fine lace at its heart. A heart motif is cut out of this fabric to reveal a layer of fine smooth silk below, to give a textural contrast as well as a ‘quiet’ colour to contrast with the busy colours of the main fabric
the “quilting” which holds all of the layers together is hand stitched using French knots and seed stitch.